Training and Development

Standards & Regulations

Fostering Services National Minimum Standards (England) 2011:

Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Care:

As a foster carer you will have already completed some basic training and induction.

 It is important for you to continue to build on this training in order to be fully equipped to deal with the many situations you may face. The support and training you will be offered will help you to become more confident.

This support and development continues throughout your fostering career, making fostering a positive experience for both you and the child/young person. A range of qualification based training is also available for more experienced carers. Please discuss with your worker if you wish to progress to undertake this type of training.

All new foster carers must complete a workbook which shows evidence of their ability to meet the Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Care, Short Break Carers or for Family and Friends Foster Carers within 12 months of being approved (or within 18 months for Connected Persons foster carers (family and friends).

Two foster carers’ in the same house can use the same workbook.

Training will be geared towards each carer’s needs.

The standards cover the main areas of the foster care role and what you should know, understand and be able to do. They are based on the C.W.D.C. induction standards for workers in children’s social care, so you will have a similar induction to other professionals working with children and young people.

This evidence will begin to be gathered before you are approved, through the Skills to Foster course and will continue after you are approved. All evidence will be recorded in a training and development portfolio.

There will be some standard training (core) that you must attend. There will also be further training which may be identified by you or your Fostering Social Worker through your supervision meetings and through your annual appraisal. You will be expected to maintain your training annually and if you are not keeping your training up-to-date your fostering worker will need to present your review and training record to the Fostering Panel.

Your personal development plan will set out how you will be supported with training and development. Your Fostering Social Worker will also discuss any help or support needed by your own children.

The fostering service is committed to providing tailored training and support to all its foster carers that is based on equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice.

Training also comes in many forms, you may attend courses, undertake on line training use the resource library and attend local workshops set up by the fostering team KFCA.

Training places are limited and therefore it is vital that you attend when booked onto a course. We understand that crisis’ occur and that you would be expected to advise of this. If carers do not advise of their absence a charge may be made.

The Training Programme is available on line including information on how to book your place.

If you move to another fostering service, your training portfolio will be transferred if requested.